Daily Archive : Sunday September 1, 2013


    Dylan Domek

    Services set for Addison teen who died after being struck by car

    A wake for the 19-year-old Addison Trail High School graduate who died Friday from injuries suffered when he was struck by a car in June will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Salerno's Rosedale Chapel, 450 W. Lake St., Roselle. A funeral service for Dylan Domek will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. Philip the Apostle Parish, 1233 W. Holtz Ave., Addison.


    Septemberfest shuts down early

    Schaumburg police reported that, due to severe weather, Septemberfest was shut down at 8:40 p.m. Sunday. Police said that at 9 p.m. four shelters were opened, with at least 1,000 people seeking shelter. As of 9:45 p.m., the shelters were empty, and people were leaving the festival by bus or on foot.

    Storm clouds move over an empty football field after the stadium was cleared for the Benet vs. Downers Grove South sophmore football game on Friday in Downers Grove.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a new kind of Friday Night Lights, students dealing with the heat during the first week of school, and another weekend of festivals.

    In this image from video, Secretary of State John Kerry appears in one of a series of interviews for Sunday news shows to say the case for intervention in Syria’s two-and-a-half-year civil war was strengthening each day.

    Syria dismisses Obama as confused, moves troops

    Syria on Sunday derided President Barack Obama’s decision to hold off on punitive military strikes, but also took precautions by reportedly moving some troops and military equipment to civilian areas.

    Sen. John McCain, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, said he and others on Capitol Hill would want to see a plan and a strategy for a military strike on Syria that will achieve some goals that the country needs achieved.

    Citing sarin use, US seeks Congress’ OK for action

    The Obama administration geared up for the biggest foreign policy vote since the Iraq war by arguing Sunday that new physical evidence shows the Syrian government used sarin gas in a deadly August attack. With its credibility on the line, the United States must respond, the country’s top diplomat said.


    Quinn keeps pushing to raise Illinois minimum wage

    Gov. Pat Quinn tried Sunday to revive a push to raise Illinois’ minimum wage, a topic he’s bound to come back to as he seeks re-election next year. The Chicago Democrat, who campaigned on the idea in 2010 and mentioned it in his State of the State address in February, told congregants at a Chicago church that raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 is a way to provide fair wages.

    A member of the Bureau of Land Management Silver State Hotshot crew from Elko, Nev., stands by a burn operation Friday on the southern flank of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California.

    Sierra wildfire now California’s fourth-largest

    The wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has become the fourth-largest conflagration in modern California history, fire officials said Sunday as clouds and higher humidity helped crews further contain the biggest blaze in the United States this year.

    Egypt’s top prosecutor has referred ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to trial on charges of inciting the killing of opponents who were protesting outside his palace while he was in office.

    Egypt’s Morsi to be tried for inciting violence

    Egypt’s top prosecutor on Sunday referred ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to trial on charges of inciting the killing of opponents protesting outside his palace while he was in office, the state news agency said.


    Man hit by vehicle on 294

    Authorities said a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Interstate 294 Sunday afternoon in Des Plaines. According to the Des Plaines Fire Department, which assisted, the accident occurred around 2 p.m. on southbound 294 at the 42-mile marker between the Dempster and Touhy exits.

    A protest takes place in front of a McDonald’s in Atlanta on Aug. 29. Thousands of fast-food workers and their supporters have been staging protests across the country to call attention to the struggles of living on or close to the federal minimum wage.

    Workers’ protests highlight fast-food economics

    Thousands of the nation’s many millions of fast-food workers and their supporters have been staging protests across the country in the past year to call attention to the struggles of living on or close to the federal minimum wage. The push raises the question of whether the economics of the fast-food industry allow room for a boost in pay for its workers.

    House Judiciary Committee members Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, center, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Chicago Democrat, right, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, share a laugh prior to a committee hearing on immigration reform last Feb. 5. The question central to immigration legislation is whether the 11 million immigrants already in the U.S. illegally should get a path to citizenship.

    Immigration bill knot: ‘Special’ citizenship path

    As Congress wrestles with immigration legislation, a central question is whether the 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally should get a path to citizenship. The answer from a small but growing number of House Republicans is “yes,” just as long as it’s not the “special” path advocated by Democrats and passed by the Senate.

    Eugene Jonsson

    Family of missing Arlington Hts. man trying to stay hopeful

    As authorities continue to search for a missing Arlington Heights man, his family is struggling to hold on to hope. Eugene Jonsson, 84, left his home on the evening of Aug. 22 to pick up some food at a local restaurant. He never returned.

    Buffalo Grove High School marching band member Christian Yi tries to keep cool Sunday as he drinks Gatorade while holding his sousaphone during the Buffalo Grove Days parade.

    Crowds line streets for Buffalo Grove Days parade

    Between the iconic miniature vehicles driven by Shriners International, enthusiastic waves from “American Idol” star Haley Reinhart and appearances by dozens of local organizations, Sunday’s Buffalo Grove Days parade offered something for just about everyone.


    After 11 years, Aurora man gets chance to fight murder conviction

    When you’re serving a 60-year sentence for murder, what’s an 11-year delay in a motion for a new trial? Way too long, an appellate panel has concluded, giving Stephen E. Griffin, of Aurora, a chance to argue for a new trial after his conviction for a 1992 shooting death.


    Lt. governor candidate to speak to Palatine Republicans

    The Palatine Township Republican Organization announced that GOP gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale’s pick for lieutenant governor will speak at the regular monthly meeting of the group at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.


    Speedway station for Kirk Road in Batavia?

    A 24-hour Speedway gasoline station is being proposed for the northeast corner of Kirk Road and Wilson Street, on land the city of Batavia owns. The Batavia City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday to sell the 6-acre parcel to Speedway LLC. Speedway would pay $650,000 for the site, plus an extra $25,000 if Kane County permits it to have a right-in, right-out access to Kirk.

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela, seen here in a photo from 2008, was discharged from the hospital Sunday. He has been treated for months with a recurring lung infection.

    Mandela discharged from hospital, returns home

    Nelson Mandela went home in an ambulance on Sunday after nearly three months in a hospital that became the focus of a global outpouring of concern, but authorities said the health of the former South African president remained critical and sometimes unstable.

    Former President Richard M. Nixon, right, with broadcaster David Frost are seen in 1977. Frost has died at the age of 74 his family said in a statement Sunday.

    David Frost, known for Nixon interview, dies at 74

    Veteran broadcaster David Frost, who won fame around the world for his interview with former U.S. President Richard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBC. He was 74.

    Apartment residents watch as Mundelein firefighters work on a blaze Sunday morning at the McKinley Gardens apartments in the 500 block of McKinley Avenue. All of the building’s occupants got out, but one resident was checked at the scene for smoke inhalation, said Mundelein Fire Batallion Chief Matt Carey.

    Mundelein apartment fire leaves units uninhabitable

    Residents of three units in a Mundelein apartment building were temporarily without homes Sunday after a morning fire left their apartments uninhabitable. All of the building’s occupants got out, but one resident was checked at the scene for smoke inhalation, said Mundelein Fire Batallion Chief Matt Carey.

    Hundreds of hours spent watching VHS tapes of magician Paul Lee helped Trent Rivas of Des Plaines master this hidden ball trick despite mental and physical disabilities.

    Des Plaines man’s magic the trick to living with disabilities

    Unable to read or do simple math and physically ravaged by his cerebral palsy, Trent Rivas discovered he had a knack for performing magic. Now the Des Plaines man is part of magician Kevin Spencer's "Healing of Magic" documentary. “Magic is almost like therapy for me. I started using my left hand when I started to do card tricks,” Rivas says.


    No injuries reported in Gages Lake garage fire

    No injuries were reported Saturday night in a detached garage fire in Gages Lake.

    Elgin Community College Food Services Director Maria Terry shows some of ECC’s redesigned Food for Thought Cafe, which opened for the fall semester with a completely new, healthy menu.

    ECC cafe moves to a healthier menu

    Avantae Black hasn’t always been a healthy eater. But the 20-year-old Elgin student got a job with ECC Food Services Director Maria Terry earlier this summer, crafting a cafe menu designed with health-conscious students and faculty members in mind. “It’s definitely got me changing some eating habits,” Black said. Food for Thought Cafe, in the college’s main library, opened for the fall semester...

    Jill Hauser, regent of the Naperville chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire USA, pours tea for member Shelia Brown and Georgina Dirker, a visitor from St. Charles, at a recent DBE meeting.

    Daughters of British Empire celebrating anniversary

    There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea and a friendly chat to brighten the day, according to members of the Naperville chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire USA. Members will celebrate the chapter’s 50th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Little Traveler, 404 S. 3rd St., Geneva.

    The seven members of the Newtown (Conn.) Labor Day Parade Committee. Seated from left are Tom D’Agostino, Robin Buchanan, Beth Caldwell and Dan Cruson. Standing from left are Brian Amey, Ellie Whalen and Stacey Olszewski. Caldwell, the head of the committee, believes they had found the right balance between respectful remembrance of the December shooting and celebration at the annual end-of-the-summer event. “There’s going to be a lot of bittersweet moments,” she acknowledged. She was thinking of the memorial floats. “It’s coming face-to-face with these things that allows us to move forward,” she said.

    With parade, Newtown reflects ‘how we’re healing’

    Ten thousand decisions go into creating a big, boisterous parade. No one knows that better than Robin Buchanan, who for years has juggled the lineup at the Labor Day parade that has jubilantly closed out every Newtown summer for more than five decades. But never before had this happened: Calls and emails from regulars, folks who always marched, concerned about the most basic decision of all. “Are...


    James Butler of St. Francis scores sprints toward his first touchdown of the first half during a game against Riverside-Brookfield during varsity football Sunday.

    Well-rested St. Francis clobbers Riverside-Brookfield

    And on the third day, St. Francis and Riverside-Brookfield did not rest. Sunday offered closure to the football season opener after two days of postponement due to weather and referee-scheduling difficulties. On a hot afternoon in Wheaton, St. Francis finally, officially, christened its new Kuhn Memorial Stadium with a 35-9 nonconference victory.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta allowed on 1 run on 3 hits in 62⁄3 innings Sunday against the Phillies to get the win.

    Arrieta putting himself into Cubs’ rotation mix

    Right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched the Cubs to a 7-1 victory Sunday over the Phillies at Wrigley Field. With a power arm, he figures to be an intriguing candidate for the rotation next year. His biggest issue has been command.


    Tie tough to take for Fire

    The Chicago Fire didn’t lose to the Houston Dynamo on Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park. It just felt that way.


    Hall powers Boomers to road sweep

    The West Division champion Schaumburg Boomers completed a road sweep of the Evansville Otters with a 7-5 win thanks to a pair of homers from Gerard Hall. The Boomers’ 30th road win of the year also clinched homefield advantage throughout the Frontier League playoffs, which begin Sept. 7.


    Cougars beat Chiefs 11-2

    The Kane County Cougars scored 3 runs in the first inning and added 3 more in the second en route to an 11-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs on Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The game that was called because of rain after the bottom of the eighth.

    Charlie Leesman, who bailed out White Sox starter Andre Rienzo on Sunday, could be a strong candidate to fill the role of long reliever next season.

    Prized prospect Johnson expected to join White Sox

    Rosters were eligible to expand starting Sunday, and the White Sox brought up pitcher Charlie Leesman and catcher Bran Anderson from Class AAA Charlotte. Look for the Sox to call up prized pitching prospect Erik Johnson later this week.


    Rolling Meadows scores early, often in big win

    Rolling Meadows started its 2013 football season with a bang — even if the Mustangs became the last MSL team to finally kickoff the new season. After having to cancel Friday night’s scheduled opener with Chicago Lincoln Park due to inclement weather the host Mustangs and Lions played Sunday afternoon. Senior running back Kevin Montero took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a 6-0 lead and the Mustangs never looked back, rolling to a 46-22 triumph.

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald speaks with referees during the first half of an NCAA college football game against California on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Northwestern shows depth, speed in opener

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald claimed last week he would know more about his own team after the season opener at California than any other coach in the Big Ten. Here's a look at what he might have learned in Saturday’s late-night 44-30 victory over Cal.

    Bears wide receiver Joe Anderson turns after catching a touchdown pass Thursday against the Cleveland Browns in the last preseason game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Anderson’s confidence is catching for Bears

    Wide receiver Joe Anderson was confident all along that he was good enough to make the Bears' 53-man roster, and he should play a key role in the regular-season opener against the Bengas Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Back after missing two months with a broken rib, Ryan Sweeney hits a single Sunday in the Cubs’ victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field.

    Nothing much new in the way of Cubs’ September call-ups

    There's little excitement this year over September call-ups with the Cubs. Their star young players are still well down in the minor leagues, and former top prospects Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson have seen their 2013 seasons derailed by injuries after they performed poorly with the Cubs late last year.

    Steven Fassnacht of St. Francis scores a touchdown during a game against Riverside-Brookfield, Sunday.

    Images: Riverside-Brookfield vs. St. Francis football
    The Riverside-Brookfield vs. St. Francis football game that was rescheduled from Friday night and Saturday morning and played Sunday.

    Chicago White Sox’s Andre Rienzo, right, steps off the mound as Boston Red Sox’s Stephen Drew, left, runs toward home plate after hitting a home run off a pitch by Rienzo in the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

    White Sox swept away at Fenway

    David Ortiz continued to rebound from a miserable stretch with two hits and three RBIs, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox Sunday that completed a sweep of their three-game series.

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Blake Parker, front left, and catcher Welington Castillo celebrate after their 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Chicago.

    Cubs’ Arrieta shuts down Phillies

    Jake Arrieta allowed three hits and a run while pitching into the seventh inning and catcher Welington Castillo drove in two runs to lead the Cubs over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Sunday at Wrigley Field.


    Not easy to watch ex-Chicago players have success elsewhere

    I fully understood, supported, and in some cases called for the trades that sent Jake Peavy and Alfonso Soriano away. But on a basic enjoyment level, it stinks to see Chicago’s best playing meaningful baseball somewhere else right now.


    It’s no dream — Sky win clinches East

    In an age of smartphones and computers, it’s tough to stay in the dark about much of anything. But Chicago Sky players Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley said they and their teammates were blissfully unaware they could clinch the East division Saturday in Rosemont. “I didn’t know about it until after we got back in here (the locker room) after the game,” Quigley said.


    Vodafone says it is in advanced talks to sell its 45 percent stake of Verizon Wireless back to the U.S. cellphone service provider for $130 billion in cash and stock, a deal which would be the second-largest on record if it goes through.

    Vodafone confirms late-stage talks with Verizon

    Vodafone says it is in advanced talks to sell its 45 percent stake of Verizon Wireless back to the U.S. cellphone service provider for $130 billion in cash and stock, a deal which would be the second-largest on record if it goes through.

    Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering.

    Ford recalls 370,000 cars

    Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering.No incidents or injuries have been reported.

    A model room in an Ikea store. The nightmare of Ikea delivery is a truth so universally acknowledged that even the company cops to it.

    Ikea is so good at so many things. Why is it so bad at delivery?
    The nightmare of Ikea delivery is a truth so universally acknowledged that even the company cops to it. Chief marketing officer Leontyne Green talked about her own “very frustrating” Ikea delivery experience in a December 2011 Ad Age profile, which stressed the firm’s ongoing efforts to improve delivery and overall customer service. But as anyone who has found herself dissolving into the hypnotically well-appointed cattle chute of an Ikea showroom can tell you, this is not a company that does things by accident.


    Work Advice: Giving notice, not offense

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.


    Japan hoping to cut carbon emissions by steering people to compact cars

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is hoping to drive down carbon dioxide emissions by steering people toward ultracompact cars. The idea is to encourage the elderly and parents with small children to use highly fuel-efficient vehicles as a means of short-distance transportation for shopping and other daily activities.There is a limit to what can be done to improve the gas mileage of gasoline vehicles.Also, in rural areas, it is increasingly difficult to fuel cars due to a lack of gas stations there. With these factors in mind, the government hopes to promote the use of fuel-efficient electric vehicles (EVs). However, current battery technology does not enable EVs to drive long distances, according to specialists.Ultracompact vehicles were developed on the assumption that they will be used for short-distance transportation. They are light and compact and only carry a small number of people, which means they use energy more efficiently than other vehicles.“If ultracompact cars are recognized as an ordinary means of transportation, they should become more popular,” a Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry official said.Acting in concert with the government’s efforts, automakers are taking steps to improve the capabilities of ultracompact vehicles. Nissan Motor Co.’s NMC is modeled after Twizy, a leading auto model sold by French automaker Renault in Europe, and many previous technical problems have been resolved.Coms, a super-compact electric vehicle developed by Toyota Auto Body Co., a group company of Toyota Motor Corp., is designed for one occupant and its size is smaller than the accredited size of ultracompact vehicles. Coms is sold as a type 1 motorbike, priced between 660,000 yen (about $,6,688)and 800,000 yen (about $8,100).Nissan and Toyota Auto Body both plan on making improvements to their products in line with safety standards to be decided by the government after a two-year trial period.Ahead of Japan, ultracompact vehicles with efficient energy-saving functions are gaining popularity overseas. These vehicles are especially popular in Europe, where environmental awareness is strong.Since Renault’s Twizy was introduced to the public in spring 2012, about 3,000 vehicles have been sold in Europe. Another French automaker, Peugeot, also developed an ultracompact vehicle, called BB1.U.S. research company Frost & Sullivan estimates that more than 150 kinds of new ultracompact vehicles will be sold worldwide by 2020, as automakers in several countries have begun developing these types of cars.With the introduction of these new ultracompact vehicles, the market size based on the number of vehicles produced is expected to expand and reach about 490,000 vehicles in 2018. Over 60 percent of them will be sold in the European market and 20 percent in the Asian market, according to the research company.


    Ultra minicars take to public roads in Japan
    Ultra minicars, which are one- or two-seater vehicles smaller than conventional minicars, have begun running on public roads. Using prototype models, automakers certified by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry are conducting road tests over a trial period of about two years. Consumer models of ultra minicars will likely debut in fiscal 2015 at the earliest.

    Ron Sloan, a mutual fund manager at Invesco, is seen in an undated photo provided by Invesco. Sloan says buying stocks that are lagging the market may seem like a strange strategy, but for investors willing to hold on to stocks for a couple of years may benefit from the strategy. (AP Photo/Invesco, F Carter Smith)

    Today’s shunned stocks may be long-term winners

    Buying stocks that are lagging the market may seem like a questionable strategy, but investors willing to hold on for a couple of years can profit, says Ron Sloan a mutual fund manager at Invesco. Sloan, a 15-year veteran at Invesco, is the lead manager of the firm’s Charter fund (CHTRX), which invests in large multinational companies, and is designed to give investors a more consistent, less volatile ride than the overall market. He also co-manages a portfolio of medium-sized companies with the same objective.

    Wang Jing, chairman of Hong-Kong HKND Group, left, watches a presentation detailing the proposed 178 mile long canal to be built in Nicaragua during a news conference held at a hotel in Beijing, China. While at least some of the domestic enterprises of his company, Xinwei, appear to be successful, outside of China, Wangís company has participated in a series of troubled minor ventures.

    Spotty record for Chinese exec with Nicaragua canal dream

    When President Daniel Ortega granted a Chinese telecommunications executive exclusive rights to develop a $40 billion canal through Nicaragua and operate it for 100 years, his administration touted the CEO’s record of success heading a wireless communications firm with projects in 20 countries. But an examination of those claims by The Associated Press around the world paints a different picture.


    Career Coach: Beware the power-hungry boss

    There are a lot of problems that result when leaders do not share power. Those who have false perceptions of their own importance and power spend a lot of time reinforcing it, showcasing it and trying to protect it. Their hoarding of power leads to feelings of powerlessness among others. I have heard some employees in these work units say they were thrilled when their bosses weren’t at work since it was more relaxing for everyone else there, and they could concentrate on doing their jobs without the presence of the powerful boss.


    Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, report says

    Americans should expect an enormous shortage in caregivers for older people in the coming decades, with a dearth of friends and family members available to care for the baby-boom generation as it ages, according to a report released by AARP. The report, “The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap,” projects that by 2030 there will be only four potential caregivers available for each person 80 or older, down from a high of more than seven in 2010.


    Rolling in Katrina cash, New Orleans sees rebirth

    Eight years after Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city and displaced 400,000 residents, New Orleans has become one of the fastest-growing U.S. commercial real estate markets. Luxury housing, retail and office projects are under way in a construction boom after the inflow of $120.5 billion in federal money. Tourism spending is at a record, fueling hotel demand, as visitors flock to the home of Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras.


    America resilient five years after worst GDP Loss since 1930s

    The United States is weathering federal budget cuts and higher payroll taxes, growth is picking up and some economists predict the expansion, now in its fifth year, may last longer than most. The signs of resilience are everywhere: Households continue to spend. Businesses are investing and hiring. Home sales are rebounding, and the automobile industry is surging. Banks have healthier balance sheets, and credit is easing. All this coincides with the economy shedding the excesses of the past, such as unmanageable levels of consumer and corporate debt.


    Wal-Mart same-sex benefits about-face pressures holdouts

    Wal-Mart Stores’s decision to extend health-care benefits to workers’ same-sex partners removes one of the biggest holdouts and adds pressure on other resistant companies to follow suit. “You can go to your board, and all of a sudden you’re not swimming against the stream as much as you were yesterday,” said Wallace Hopp, associate dean of faculty and research at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. “You can say, ‘Jeez, Wal-Mart does it.’”

    Nissan wants to be a leader in the move to make cars safer by adding electronic systems capable of preventing accidents and injuries. The systems also can reduce traffic jams by rerouting vehicles, which helps curb emissions of carbon dioxide.

    Nissan sets goal of introducing first self-driving cars by 2020

    Nissan wants to be a leader in the move to make cars safer by adding electronic systems capable of preventing accidents and injuries. The systems also can reduce traffic jams by rerouting vehicles, which helps curb emissions of carbon dioxide. “The technology to create self-driving cars is already here,” said Karl Brauer, senior industry analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

    Harley-Davidson Inc.’s newest models feature a voice- activated and touch-screen GPS system, the first on a production motorcycle. When the bike is getting low on fuel, the system finds the nearest filling station and maps out directions on a 6.5-inch (16.5 centimeter) screen the rider can control by voice, touch or joystick.

    Harleys with joysticks end century of bike-design inertia

    For the first time, 110-year-old Harley is using customer focus groups and dealer clinics as it develops models and features. Last week, the first wave of new bikes from those changes began arriving in dealerships. “Harley was an ‘if you build it, they will come’ kind of company,” Sharon Zackfia, an analyst at William Blair & Co. in Chicago, said in an interview. “The recession was really what brought them into the 21st century."

    Top left, a vintage car; top right, a local dog greets the photographer; bottom left, a residence in morning light; and bottom right, a gate at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. All photos were taken in Washington with a Polaroid SX-70 camera using the Impossible Projectís PX 70 Color Protection film.

    The ‘slow photo’ movement

    Polaroid, best known for its instant cameras, stopped making film in 2008. That same year, rather than watch Polaroid fade into extinction, some former employees teamed up to form the Impossible Project. They saved the production machinery in the Netherlands and were able to start manufacturing new instant film for old Polaroid cameras. Today, according to the Impossible Project, there are more than 100 million of these classic cameras that can use Impossible’s film, which hit the market in 2010.

    An Indian man watches a display screen Tuesday on the facade of Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai, India. From India to Indonesia, the currencies and stock markets of emerging economies have been roiled by speculation about when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start scaling back monetary stimulus that has kept interest rates ultralow and sent investors to developing markets in search of higher returns. Separately, Asian economies that had been star performers are now in the dumps and the ebbing investment tide has sparked fears the region will suffer a rerun of its 1997-98 financial crisis.

    Questions, answers on turmoil in emerging Asian markets

    From India to Indonesia, the currencies and stock markets of emerging economies have been roiled by speculation about when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start scaling back monetary stimulus that has kept interest rates ultralow and sent investors to developing markets in search of higher returns. Separately, Asian economies that had been star performers are now in the dumps and the ebbing investment tide has sparked fears the region will suffer a rerun of its 1997-98 financial crisis.

    Dr. Reinhold Illerna, from left, Administrative Director of Case Management at Alexian Brothers Healthcare Center, Mary Schumann, Director of Care Management at Alexian Brothers Healthcare Center, Sue Wickey and Manager of Social Work at Alexian Brothers Healthcare Center, Jolene Grabowski work on a computer at the nurses station at the Alexian Brothers Healthcare Center in Elk Grove Village.

    States experimenting to lower health care costs

    As states work on implementing the complex federal health care reforms, some have begun tackling an issue that has vexed employers, individuals and governments at all levels for years — the rapidly rising costs of health care. The success of models that are beginning to emerge across the country ultimately will determine whether President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act can make good on its name.

    Many patients with prescription drug coverage are enrolled in a plan that offers three or more payment levels. Savings can found by sorting through these tiers.

    4 tips for savvy health care shopping

    Your employer and President Obama are imploring you to become a better health care consumer. They want everyone to take a more active role in their care because it’s vital to help slow the seemingly perpetual rise of health care expenses. Becoming a better health care consumer shouldn’t require prodding because it can put more money in your pocket and keep big medical bills at bay. Here are four key principles to keep in mind.

    David Rosenbaum, center, president of Real-Time Computer Services, confers with a staffer, in New York. Rosenbaum says that keeping costs down should remain a priority for companies because customers are willing to bolt to another business that offers lower prices.

    Advice for small companies: Take stock, take risks

    The economy is showing signs of life and that makes it a good time for small business owners to re-evaluate how they are running their companies. Now that crisis mode has passed, owners need to make sure they’re ready to take advantage of growth opportunities on the horizon. Experts say it’s time for owners to think about taking some risks and to make sure that they are taking care of employees.

Life & Entertainment

    Families at Legoland Florida enjoy the theme park’s new interactive water ride, The Quest for Chi. This is one of several attractions that opened at theme parks this summer.

    Fun gets complicated at geeky theme parks

    Boasting obscure characters and detailed story lines, several new attractions opened at theme parks this summer in central Florida. The new rides and areas are much different from those just a generation ago, when Dumbo the Flying Elephant was considered high-tech. These days, a ride involving a simple, blue elephant just won’t cut it. When did fun become so complicated? Theme park consultants say attractions need to be more detailed in the age of video games, smartphones and 3-D TVs.

    Comedian Jon Lovitz performs Sunday at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Sunday picks: Laugh with Lovitz at the Improv

    Comedian Jon Lovitz, famed for his stints on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Critic,” performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg Sunday. Head back in time to the old-fashioned fun of the 1890s at the Country Fair festival at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. Janus Theater celebrates its 15th season with a matinee performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” in Elgin.


    Reluctant grandparents weigh on reader’s mind

    Q. Our problem has many layers. Our 16-year-old son fathered a child. At this time, he does not have a relationship with the mother, who is also 16. We encouraged her to give the baby up for adoption but we were unsuccessful. The baby is now 3 months old and we have seen him a few Saturdays in a row for several hours.

    This bold and colorful painting is by Ecuadorian artist Anibal Villacis.

    An original painting by Anibal Villacis

    Q. I have an original painting by Anibal Villacis that my parents purchased in South America in the late 1960s. It is 48 by 9½ inches. What is its current value?

    Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

    Fall films ready to turn serious

    The movies, perhaps more than any other art form, have the ability to transport — a capacity to carry away — that’s on full display this fall. Soon, the fall movie season will unofficially commence, the superheroes (mostly) falling from theaters like autumn leaves. After a summer of blockbuster gluttony, Hollywood will, as if penance for its binging, trot out its more serious and ambitious fare. George Clooney — this fall directing (“The Monuments Men”), producing (“August: Osage County”) and acting (“Gravity”) — will put down stakes.

    A woman looks at a display on baseball legend Roger Maris Museum in the West Acres Mall in Fargo.

    5 free things to see and do in Fargo

    It’s a good time to be a North Dakotan. An oil boom in the west has fueled an economic surge, the locals’ frugal nature helped to prevent any housing bubble, and the threat of global warming looks like an attractive option for the chilly climate. So why not visit the state’s largest city, Fargo? With just over 100,000 people, this city on the eastern edge of the state offers local culture with a good dose of pride and quirkiness. You’ll need a car to get around, but let’s face it: If you’re in Fargo, you probably drove here.

    Associated Press writer Frazier Moore, left, interacts with host Cedric “The Entertainer” during a test show of the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The new season premieres on Monday, Sept. 2

    Final answer: Being on TV’s ‘Millionaire’ was fun

    Why, oh why, didn’t I know the president of Nigeria’s name? I had swept through nine questions and logged $60,000 by the time I made my fatal guess as a contestant on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” New host Cedric “The Entertainer” dispatched me with a sympathetic farewell. The loss I felt was only slightly eased by the fact that this was all for practice. I had been invited to take part in a rehearsal show that will never be aired. On Monday, Sept. 2, the new season of “Millionaire” premieres for real.

    Media mogul and actress Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel is in the black for the first time since its rocky start.

    Oprah Winfrey revels in OWN turnaround

    “Oh my God, worst hairdo ever,” exclaims Oprah Winfrey, catching sight of her 1990s talk-show self on an OWN office TV showing “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” But she glances approvingly at another monitor showing a Tyler Perry sitcom. While the talk show — hair aside — represents the glory days of Winfrey’s past, Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” is part of a brightening future for the Oprah Winfrey Network. OWN is in the black for the first time since its rocky start 2½ years ago.

    Server Taryn Yanez holds a cheeseburger order at The Nook in St. Paul, Minn. At the always-bustling joint in residential St. Paul, overindulgence is the rule and staff proudly promote the “Meat is Murder. Tasty Tasty Murder” motto.

    St. Paul has a rep for its ooey-gooey burgers

    Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors of ice cream. The Nook has 31 types of burgers. They're ooey-gooey and oh-so-good. At the always-bustling burger joint in residential St. Paul, overindulgence is the rule and staff proudly wear T-shirts promoting the “Meat is Murder. Tasty ... Tasty ... Murder!” motto. Want a burger stuffed with pepper jack and topped with roast beef, bacon and cheddar? No problem. How about a patty coated in a delectable bourbon sauce? Coming right up. Care to heap the sauerkraut, corned beef, Swiss and telltale sauce of a Reuben atop your standard burger? Done.

    Some researchers argue for renaming some conditions to exclude the word “cancer.”

    Doctors struggle over how to explain cancer diagnosis to patients

    Dr. Peter Blumencranz knows the scientific case against aggressively treating certain precancerous conditions. But he also knows what can happen in an exam room. He tells a patient with ductal carcinoma in situ — often called “stage-zero breast cancer” — that she shouldn’t panic. A few abnormal cells are lodged in a milk duct and may never grow into a dangerous cancer. He tells her she has options — but no guarantees. For some patients, that’s not enough.

    Director Wong Kar Wai prepares to shoot a scene from his new movie, "The Grandmaster," about the martial arts mentor who trained Bruce Lee.

    Hong Kong director has a hit with ‘The Grandmaster’

    Wong Kar-wai swears he’s seen people fly. The acclaimed Hong Kong director crossed China meeting 100 kung fu masters as research for “The Grandmaster,” his new film about Bruce Lee’s teacher. He said that during demonstrations, fighters would “get knocked and fly” across a room in the lightweight manner most of us only see in movies.

    Hike then board a boat for a champagne brunch Sundays this fall with the Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

    On the road: Lake Geneva hike and boat ride

    Experience fall colors on a self-guided eight-mile hike from Lake Geneva to Williams Bay, Wis., on Sundays this fall, then take your seat on a boat cruise and eat on board during a narrated tour of the lake. Also, it’s the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first album so commemorate it at the world’s largest corn maze in Spring Grove. The field will be carved with the lads’ faces plus guitars, drums, an LP record and musical score.


    Surprises on flights drive passengers buggy

    Last week, Joel Woloshuk discovered he was flying with a bunch of maggots. He wasn’t using derogatory terms to refer to his seat mates. He was talking about the added protein he received in a sandwich at Atlanta’s International Airport. Literally, it was maggots. He discovered them while flying to Miami. He even took pictures of the little buggers enjoying his sandwich. This isn’t the first time these insects curbed a traveler’s appetite at 35,000 feet.

    The front room of 439 W. Chicago St., Elgin, which will be one of the stops on the 32nd annual Historic Elgin House Tour. The tour will feature the near west side of the city.

    Elgin House Tour showcases city's beauty

    Elgin resident Jennifer Fukala said she’s looking forward to when her 1918 post-Victorian style home on Chicago Street makes its first appearance in the 32nd annual Historic Elgin House Tour featuring Elgin’s near west side on Saturday, Sept. 7. She's been preparing her home since she purchased it about four years ago.



    A Labor Day editorial: Is our work the sum of who we are?

    On this Labor Day weekend, a Daily Herald editorial reflects on the meaning of labor in our sense of who we are as people.

    Michael Saltsman

    Fast-food strikes only fight the future

    Guest columnist Michael Saltsman: However well-meaning the striking fast-food employees in Chicago and elsewhere are, the fact is that they’re only fighting the laws of economics — and that’s a fight they can’t win.


    Government itching to get our savings
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: The federal and some state governments are desperate for money. They’ve gotten us deep into debt with overspending and are determined to find money everywhere.


    Give kids a break on start of school
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Schools have early outs because of high temperatures and/or lack of A/C. Duh! Why do schools start in mid August?


    Get educated for a more fulfilling job
    A letter to the editor: As our country celebrates Labor Day — the day we recognize the contributions of American workers — many workers will reflect on their own jobs. Do their jobs provide a sense of personal accomplishment and financial rewards? Do their jobs offer opportunities for advancement? Work/life balance?


    Respect the office of the presidency
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: President Obama's is not an easy job; it is filled with responsibilities and soul-searching decisions that would reduce many to despair, yet he carries on. People may not agree with all his assertions, but the office alone deserves respect.


    Columnist’s timeline factual, insightful
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Richard Cohen from The Washington Post has enumerated exactly what I understand to be in a timeline that has been assessed with insight and fact.


    What will calm raging GOP waters?
    What will calm raging GOP waters?What a cat fight in the Republican Party. Our two-party representative democracy would seem to require that each party be, to a functional degree, a “big-tent” party. Looks like social-issue ultraconservatives, government-hating Libertarians, big-business plutocrats, anti-tax autocrats, and deficit-reduction fanatics are not resolving their differences. I don’t know what balm might calm the turbulent waters.Mary F. WarrenWheaton


    Mayor, resign from anti-gun group
    Mayor, resign from anti-gun groupI was shocked to discover our mayor of Elgin, David Kaptain, is a member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayor Against Illegal Guns, (MAIG). I immediately sent the following email to Mayor Kaptain.“I was both alarmed and disappointed to receive notification from the Illinois State rifle association that you were a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s MAIG!“Of course, you know in this group’s efforts to take away the Second Amendment, they have resorted to lies and deceit in their nationwide bus tour. The have called the Boston bomber a victim of gun violence and cite hundreds of other so called “victims” that were actually criminals shot by law enforcement officers.“I am sure when many people voted for you they were totally unaware they were actually voting for Michael Bloomberg. This is indeed a pity. I urge you to stand up and be your own man and immediately resign from MAIG and go about the business of serving the people of Elgin.”Al Schroeder Jr.Elgin


    ‘God Bless America’ is a needed prayer
    “While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free, Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. “These words are seldom sung but they are the verse to Irving Berlin’s prayer “God Bless America.” Yes, it is a prayer and I’m grateful that America has not banned it but allows it to be sung regularly at ballparks across America. Our nation’s leaders even sung it publicly on the steps of our nation’s Capitol shortly after 9/11.Do we realize what we are asking God each time we sing it? We are asking him to bless our nation, this land that we love, we are asking him to guide us with his light (the Bible) and stand with us through dark nights and when tragedies occur in our nation. We are asking him to bless us from the mountains to the prairies and to the oceans.Looking at the documents and writings of our forefathers, it quite is clear that they recognized God as our creator and had respect for his counsel. It seems that over the past 50 to 60 years, our nation has continuously drafted legislation without regards for his counsel. In fact, we are doing everything possible to keep him in a closet.If we really want God to bless America, we need to welcome him back. My prayer is that America will return to him while Christians still have our religious freedoms.Fred DrydenHuntley


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